Christopher Ashcraft holds an MA in International Studies & Diplomacy from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London and a BA in Political Science and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies from Boston College. Before joining M Powered Strategies, Christopher was a project manager on a grant for an implementing partner of the US Department of State’s Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction, with a focus on Chemical Safety and Security in Iraq, and worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs Boston regional office. In addition to this, Christopher spent a year studying Arabic, traveling, and teaching English at a Jesuit preparatory school in Cairo, Egypt. Christopher joins MPS as Engagement Manager of the Health and Human Services contract and PACE Program Manager.
M Powered Strategies (MPS) was recently awarded a BPA for Facilitation services with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). MPS will provide Facilitation and Requirements Facilitation services to five offices within the Office of Informatics and Analytics (OIA): Office of the ADUSH for OIA, Health Informatics, Analytics and Business Intelligence, Health Information Governance, and Connected Health.
M Powered Strategies President & CEO, Kendall Lott, views this opportunity as a natural outgrowth of the work MPS been doing for nearly a decade at the VA. “MPS is familiar with the landscape, the processes, the people of this agency, and we are committed to driving organizational effectiveness that will last.”
Booz Allen Hamilton, Dovel Technologies, and Platinum Business Services will be supporting M Powered Strategies for this BPA.
Stephany Perez Cohen, John Bova. Hannah Hammer, and Taylor Moore.
International procurement in China, corporate communications at a major publishing company in New York, and member of the U.S. Marine Corps are just some of the resume highlights the newest PACE class brings to the table. The apprentices have come to M Powered Strategies’ Professional Apprenticeship for Consulting Excellence (PACE) program to accelerate their professional growth through classroom trainings, integrated practical experience, network expansion, and skill evaluations.
During the 25 week program, they will be working on different teams with different departments: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Architecture Strategy and Design at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and ongoing work with an MPS partner firm for the U.S. Army.
“We look forward to this focused time to invest in ourselves over the course of the program,” PACE apprentice Stephany Perez-Cohen said.
To learn more about PACE, please contact Erin Bankey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephany Perez Cohen
Stephany Perez Cohen comes to us from New York City where she spent the last eight years working for the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, formerly known as Penguin Group (USA). Stephany started her career in the Corporate Communications department where she handled the company’s big external and internal initiatives, including Penguin’s participation in the Harlem Book Fair and the annual internal meeting for 900+ employees. Most recently, Stephany was the Associate Director of the Satellite Media Tours department, where she played an instrumental role in launching the department, and helped the company save money by bringing the service in-house. Stephany has had the pleasure of working with over 150 authors including Patricia Cornwell, Junot Diaz, Ken Follett, and the late Tom Clancy. She looks forward to bringing her enthusiasm and knowledge of the corporate world to the PACE team.
Taylor Moore, a recent graduate of the Maryland School of Public Policy, comes to M Powered Strategies with a background in trade, manufacturing, and quality control in China. After receiving his BA from the University of Maryland in 2005, Taylor spent a year polishing his Chinese Mandarin language skills at the International Chinese Language Program in Taipei, Taiwan. A position as on-the-ground global procurement manager for Maryland Plastics, Inc., took him to mainland China, where he lived for three years. While there, he also worked for British and Chinese trade and manufacturing firms improving operations and managing sales. Taylor concluded his sojourn in China managing a State of Maryland business mission for their economic development office in Shanghai. This experience stoked his interest in public sector work, so he returned to the U.S. to earn his Master of Public Policy degree. He is excited to study best practices and management concepts with PACE while awaiting a position with the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service that begins in May 2014.
M Powered Strategies’ Pro Bono Program recently launched a consulting project to develop a three-year strategic plan for Winrock International, an NGO whose mission is to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources for people in the US and around the world.
Winrock came to MPS for assistance in building up its multiple-use water services (MUS), which are currently being implemented in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. MUS takes a global approach to water management—assessing Health, Livelihood, and Environmental aspects of water use, and then incorporating all the components into a single project. The results have been encouraging, and Winrock is ramping up its MUS education and communication campaigns.
After conducting an Environmental Scan, interviewing key stakeholders, the MPS team, led by Kat McDonald, will facilitate two workshops, first to identify themes and objectives, and then to set measures, targets, and key initiatives for MUS expansion and success.
Kat had her first encounter with Winrock International when she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon; a Winrock field agent came to her village to demonstrate manual water pumps. Now, almost four years later, she is thrilled to have this opportunity to give back and to help them reach out to an even greater population base.